Warming station for homeless to open this weekend in SLO

The Prado Day Center in San Luis Obispo.
The Prado Day Center in San Luis Obispo. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

The Prado Day Center will remain open throughout the night Friday and Saturday, as the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County opens its first warming station of the 2015-16 rainy season.

CAPSLO is asking for donations of sleeping bags, meals, tea and coffee to provide to an expected 40 people each night.

Ahead of expected El Niño storms, the organization is preparing to open warming stations whenever weather drops to 32 degrees or lower, or if there are two consecutive days of rain.

This weekend’s weather is not expected to fit those usual requirements, but CAPSLO Deputy Director Grace McIntosh said the organization decided to open the station because of the holiday.

They’ve secured enough volunteers to join the staff at this weekend’s station but are looking for more volunteers to help during the winter rains.

Dinner meals are needed this weekend beginning at 6 p.m. Food must be prepared off-site and delivered. CAPSLO is also asking for donations of plates, bowls, cups, utensils, coffee, creamer, juice, cereal and sleeping bags. All people staying at the center are given a new sleeping bag to keep.

The center is at 43 Prado Road in San Luis Obispo. For more information on donating or volunteering, contact McIntosh at 291-1008 or gmcintosh@capslo.org.